Will the Real Hummus Please Stand Up?
I always thought I knew hummus. My Jewish roots had properly prepared me for any and all conversation about the spread. I was one of the earliest adopters of this chickpea mush when it touched down in the states and thrusted itself into the mainstream. Today’s lunch experience proved to me that I only understand the basic American version of hummus.
Jered brought me to Hummus Mashawsha, which the CEO described as the best hummus in the holy land. I sat down thinking, “It’s hummus… how much better can one be than the other.” The boss’ bold claim surpassed my wildest expectations. If you have never had real Israeli hummus, I weep for you. The hummus at Mashawsha is full of a rich almost nutty flavor from the chickpeas that is complemented by a drizzle of olive oil. Jered told me if I wanted the full experience, that ordering the hummus with sautéed mushrooms was a must. Turns out my boss possess a vast amount of knowledge when it comes to a bootstrapped startup on top of a rich understanding of great hummus.
My hummus plate arrived at the table and it looked like the hummus that I was used to in the states. I ripped a piece of pita from the table, and dipped the Mediterranean bread into the bowl of mashed chickpea goodness and with a circular flick of the wrist type motion, I loaded the bread with the hummus and popped it in my mouth.
The flavor is incomparable. True hummus is made fresh daily with no preservatives unlike its American counterpart. That fact alone sets it miles about any hummus I had ever tried, but the flavor was so rich, and perfected by the sautéed mushrooms that I could hardly believe it. Beforehand, I did not understand how only hummus and pita could make a full meal. I did not think it possible that a dish, traditionally likened to an appetizer or side would be able to fulfill my never-ending hunger. After finishing about half of my bowl I was nearly in a food coma.
My first true hummus experience was phenomenal. I am now a huge proponent of my boss’ opinion that Hummus Mashawsha has the best hummus in the middle east let alone Israel. This food has come a long way. Ten years ago, I had never heard of hummus and now it has thrust itself into the mainstream as a vegan’s sweet dream as well as into my top food categories.
If you are feeling particularly adventurous or are counting your carbs, replace the pita with a large slice of onion.
(Originally post by Jared Witt on June 22, 2017)